How to Waterproof a Basement

How to get rid of water or moisture in the basement permanently?

1. Inspecting water flaw and level

First step always should be to determine water flow direction, depth, and intensity around the house. It could be achieved inexpensive way by digging or boring number of holes around the house and inspecting the level of water in each hole for a certain period of time.

Results will vary from house to house as there are no two similar situations when it comes to a liquid flow patterns.

a) if the water shows up in one hole only so we are dealing with very localized situation and solution may be the simplest one by installing drain pipe or pump in some situations

b) if the water shows up in a few holes but neighboring the situation is still not too bad and we have localized water source but larger

c) if the water shows up in a few holes but in a different locations, for example in the front and back of the house but not on the sides, than we know this is still not entire area flooded, however drainage installation will be larger and more complicated

d) if the water shows up in all holes than very likely entire parameter of the house will have to be drained, not excluding additional work like drainage pipes under the house in order to eliminate water completely.

There may be many other considerations during the water flaw inspection, like intensity of the water raising in the holes or relations of water levels differences while pumping out the water, for example which holes empties quicker and which last.

All that information will build a picture of what is going on around the house under the surface and right decisions and solution options can be presented.

2. Testing water flaw changes

Since we know how and when the water is flowing around the house we can go to step 2, which is to test flow changes while pumping out the water from each individual hole and holes patterns.

Pumping out the water from one hole only may empty all other holes, or some holes, or no holes at all. Or it may change the level of water in particular holes. It may also eliminate the water from the sump pit in the basement, which is good indication and how good it depends on the location of the pit. All that testing allows us to decide where to install drainage pipes, trenches, pumps etc.

3 Drainage installation

In order to get rid of wet basement for good you have to take your house out from the water first simply speaking, or to eliminate hydrostatic pressure using terminology not familiar for the average home owner.

Other solutions would be a guess and risk for the owner.

Since we know when and how the water is flawing, we can install drainage exactly where needed and exactly size needed. After installation the water will flaw out of the house, not under the house.

In many cases installation of one drain pipe or pump in proper location eliminated the problem and owners decided to postpone further work to save money or to make sure if that will work in a long run.

Just few holes and one pipe/pump can solve serious water problems leading often to a house decay. Of course proper inspection and testing for a certain time period is necessary.

So, solution may vary from quick and simple pump or pipe installation to excavating a drainage trench around the entire house parameter, installing large diameter pipe and filling with proper gravel size.

Above procedure is a must first step in our opinion before any other work. Any other work may follow to make the situation as perfect as possible, like basement walls insulation, slab drainage, proper basement floor installation or raising a floor over drainage and very important deciding on proper walls finish.

To waterproof the basement properly main think is to remember that just sealing the walls will never solve your problem, you have to get rid of the water by draining it out of the house. Sealing the walls may lower somewhat humidity, which can be considered at a later stages. It also depends on drainage locations and so on.

Another solution often proposed is to make an inside trench around the walls in the basement and direct the water to a sump pump. This solution may be considered if the water raise is not significant, periodical only and there is no other way to drain the water. One serious disadvantage is, that many years of basement finishing may go down the drain if the pump brakes down or there is no power. Battery backups are available, which can go dead quickly as well. Pumps, batteries, controllers require frequent maintenance and repairs. In addition the raising costs of energy will add up significantly over the years. Many hundreds of dollars in energy costs can be added easily to a monthly bills when power hungry pump or pumps are working too much.

Those are all main issues for close examination before final decision.

Gravity drainage should always be considered first before power drainage. If power drainage is the only option it should be properly, carefully designed and installed to reduce immediate and future costs to a minimum.

For more info or info on your particular situation please contact Jerzy

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